News

Please find our most recent newsletter as well as archived content below. The High School Democrats of America’s official blog, The Progressive Teen, can be found here.

December 5, 2018

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THINGS TO DO
As election season has come to an end, members may wonder if there are things left to do in the political world. Listed below are some of the activities chapters can do over the next few months until our legislative projects go into full swing.
  • Host a bake sale and raise money for a progressive organization (NARAL Pro-Choice America, the ACLU, the Trevor Project, etc.)
  • Invite a guest speaker to a meeting (state representative, state senator, selectman and/or board members, a local DTC member, etc.)

  • Host a debate or forum about a current issue (gun control, healthcare, etc.) and invite your school or community to participate

  • Host a movie night

  • Write letters to the editor and submit them to local newspapers

STATE COMMITTEE
MEETING
The next MAHSD State Committee meeting will be on Sunday, December 9 at 7:30 pm via Zoom. It is important that chapter chairs are on the call to ratify our new bylaws. Every chapter chair has one vote as long as they and their chapter are officially registered under the High School Democrats of America. (To check if you or your chapter are registered, please contact MAHSD Chair Amanda Westlake at awestlake@hsdems.org. All members are welcome to join the call.

If you are a chapter chair, please fill out this
form indicating that you will be present or who will be present in your place.
KATE DONAGHUE'S
HOLIDAY PARTY
MAHSD Communications Director Rianna Mukherjee with Senator Elizabeth Warren at Kate Donaghue's 2017 holiday party.
Kate Donaghue, HSDA advisor and Chair of the Westborough Democratic Town Committee, is hosting her annual holiday party once again! The party is open invite and many elected officials and active Democrats attend. This year’s event will be at Red Heat Tavern, 227 Turnpike Rd, Westborough, MA 01581 on Sunday, December 16 from 2 to 6 pm. We hope you can make it!
UPCOMING
LEGISLATIVE PROJECTS
The MAHSD Executive Board is excited to announce two of this year's legislative projects! First, MAHSD will be following the lead of two members, Meghan Kane and Preranaa Srinivas, in lobbying for S.46, An Act creating a Bill of Rights for people experiencing homelessness. Second, MAHSD will be partnering with March For Our Lives Boston on an initiative to grant sixteen year-olds the right to vote! MAHSD Legislative Director Daniel Bryan will be in touch soon with more details about these projects once the next legislative session begins.






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November 8, 2018

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DEMOCRATS TAKE
THE HOUSE

Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly on campaigns over the last few months. From canvassing to phone banking, we managed to re-elect and elect many progressive candidates who care and will do tremendous things for our commonwealth, as well as take back the House!

VOTER REGISTRATION
WEEK OF ACTION

Congratulations to our winners of the MAHSD Voting Registration Weekend of Action! In total, MAHSD registered 185 high school students before the midterm election deadline. Thanks for your efforts in engaging young people in politics!

CIVICS EDUCATION BILL

MAHSD is excited to share that the legislation we lobbied for last year, an Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement, has officially been signed into law! Thank you to everyone who lobbied for this bill and the bipartisan, bicameral efforts of the Massachusetts legislature in making this bill’s passage possible. Click the button below for more information about the bill and some thoughts from MAHSD Communications Director Rianna Mukherjee.

MORE INFORMATION

Stay tuned for more information about this year’s legislative initiative and some upcoming projects!







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October 2, 2018

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CAMPAIGNS
NEW HAMPSHIRE CANVASS

The Massachusetts High School Democrats is excited to announce our collaborative canvass with the New Hampshire High School Democrats. We will be canvassing for Democratic candidates with special guest Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02). The event will be on Saturday, October 13th from 1-3 pm in Nashua, New Hampshire. Visit this link to sign-up or for more information. (If you would like to attend, but need a ride please contact MAHSD Chair Amanda Westlake at awestlake@hsdems.org.)

CAMPAIGN BULLETIN BOARD

As we get closer and closer to the midterm elections, it’s even more important that we volunteer for campaigns and support candidates whose platforms and values equate with our own. Visit our campaign bulletin board or email our Field Director, Anjali Ramakrishnan, with any questions at aramakrishnan@hsdems.org.

#STOPKAVANAUGH PHONE BANK

Call NARAL Pro-Choice America members and remind them to call their Senior Senator to vote no on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

UPDATES
STATE COMMITTEE MEETING
The next State Committee Meeting will be on Sunday, October 7th at 7pm. The call will be on Zoom and you can join either through the app, or through an IOS or Android device. (Chapter chairs, please confirm your attendance or who will fill in for you here.)
MEMBERSHIP

The 2018-2019 Executive Board of the High School Democrats of America has started a membership database to keep track of everyone in our organization. (Even if you have filled out a membership or chapter registration form in the past, you MUST fill out these forms to be considered a member of our organization or affiliate your chapter.)

FEEDBACK SURVEY
The MAHSD Executive Board wants to hear from you. When you have some time, please fill out our anonymous survey with any feedback you have for us.
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August 23, 2018

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MAHSD at Senator
Elizabeth Warren's Campaign
Headquarters

The Massachusetts High School Democrats have a great campaign opportunity - a day at Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Headquarters! The event will take place on Tuesday, August 28th, from 4-6PM at 150 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA, 02125 (the second floor of the Corcoran Jennison Building). The HQ is walking distance from the JFK/UMass stop on the Red Line and free parking is available.

The HQ day will include:

  • A tour of the campaign headquarters

  • A Q&A session with several staffers from different parts of the campaign

  • A chance to meet with your regional field organizer to learn more about the campaign’s presence in your region and how you can get involved

  • A skill building session on campaign skills such as phone banking and canvassing

  • Phone banking for the campaign

  • Pizza!

If you are interested in attending, please sign up here.

Email MAHSD Field Director, Anjali Ramakrishnan, with any questions or concerns at aramakrishnan@hsdems.org.

Statewide Back to School Call

The MAHSD Statewide Back to School Call will be on Wednesday, August 29th at 7 pm. Listen in for Executive Board updates and plans for the school year. All are welcome!

Chapter chairs, please fill out
this form
to confirm your attendance or who will be present in your place.

You may join the call using
this link and this meeting ID: 277-916-594.

To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/277916594

To join from iPhone one-tap :
US: +14086380986,,277916594# or +16465588665,,277916594#
Or Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 408 638 0986 or +1 646 558 8665

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/zOvjgKgJ.

More information will be sent out closer to the date.






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AugusT 1, 2018

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 GETTING INVOLVED 

 CAMPAIGN BULLETIN BOARD 

Through our campaign bulletin board, students are able to volunteer their time on behalf of candidates running in local and state races. Volunteering for a campaign offers a variety of opportunities from developing critical thinking skills, logical reasoning, and problem solving. Students are able to gain insight on how to run for office and the inner workings of a political campaign, while building their political network. We highly encourage you to utilize this resource and hope it is of use to you!

 

 VOTING REGISTRATION DRIVES 
 

Looking for a way to engage your community or your peers at school in the political process? Hold a voting registration drive! The state of Massachusetts allows people to pre-register to vote at just 16 years old. With your efforts at your school supported by the resources the High School Democrats provide, you can easily prepare your fellow students for the elections this Fall, any local elections, or any wider races in the future. Especially in the upcoming midterms, an increase in turnout from newly registered voters can make a huge difference.

However, you may be asking yourself, “How do you hold a voting registration drive?” There are only two main steps in your preparation.

 

Step 1: find a time and place. Whether it is at lunch, before school or after school, think about what point of the day would find your school’s students (and yourself) available to fill out a quick form. Brainstorm some places around the building that would provide great visibility and a place for people to stop by. Once you have an idea, talk to your school’s administration to iron out the logistics on this nonpartisan effort.

 

Step 2: Get the forms you need. Visit  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ to learn about the different forms you can use to help register your peers. Consider partnering with a town clerk or a city official to help with the paperwork or the online form.


For more information, please visit our website (https://www.masshsdems.org/voter-registration/) and the resources provided or send us an email at massachusetts@hsdems.org.


 LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY 

The MAHSD Executive Board wants to know what advocacy work you are interested in doing over the next school year. Please fill out the first of two surveys to let us know what our organization should accomplish below.

Click Here to Complete the Survey
 

 CIVICS EDUCATION BILL 
 

The MAHSD is excited to announce that a civics education bill, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement, has passed through the Massachusetts Senate! The bill, that would go into effect in the 2020-2021 school year, was supported by the MAHSD during a lobby day at the State House. On April 3rd, MAHSD members lobbied alongside members of the Massachusetts Teenage Republicans (MATARS) in a bipartisan effort to encourage civics education in Massachusetts public schools. This bill would require schools to have US history and civics classes with a curriculum that includes a hands-on civics project. Curriculum requirements include Massachusetts and United States history, including the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, as well as the functions of government and duties of citizens. The bill was created in hopes of encouraging civic service and to better prepare students for citizenship. The civic education bill also includes ways for the state to encourage high-school voters and voter registration drives. The bill has been sent to the governor for his signature.  

 CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT SERIES 

To be featured in future newsletters and social media posts, chapter chairs can fill out this form.
 

 CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT #5 
 FEATURING: BLS 
 

In the 17-18 school year, the Boston Latin School chapter grew from a small founding group to a chapter with over 40 registered members. The chapter had around a dozen meetings over the course of the year, many of which were devoted to calling and writing letters to legislators on behalf of MAHSD about a landmark civics education bill, which passed with MAHSD's support in April. They also took advantage of their location in Boston and had two meetings at the statehouse with Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Rep. Chynah Tyler. Both legislators went on to support the bill. Furthermore, members took part in the Women's march, and the March for Our Lives. Members also used MAHSD's Walkout and Keep Moving guides to advocate for gun control. Although the walkout itself got snowed out, MAHSD did plan BLS' walkout, worked to get coverage with local media, and held a sign making event. The signs were later displayed around the school. In the future, they plan to grow the BLS chapter even more to a 100+ members. They have a plan already in motion to register every eligible student at Boston Latin to vote by working with the city elections department and restructuring the existing program. However, they plan to center a majority of their work in the next school around the midterm elections, seeking out campaign internships and volunteer opportunities.


 CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT #6 
 FEATURING: PCSS II 
 

The Pioneer Charter School of Science II chapter of the MAHSD has been incredibly successful in 2018. Chair Aoguzi Muhameiti and his team have worked tirelessly on voter registration. Through voting registration initiatives in their community and petitioning to legislators for automatic voter registrations, the PSCC II chapter has set themselves apart as advocates for voter accessibility. They plan to continue these projects into the upcoming midterm elections this November. With more than 20 active members, PCSS II has been able to attend multiple town hall events, including those of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Ed Markey. They were also in attendance at Gubernatorial Debates this past May as well as District Attorney Debates. The PCSS II chapter was also involved in advocating for ‘An Act to Promote and Engage Civic Engagement’, a bipartisan, bicameral bill that passed in the state this year. The students at Pioneer Charter School of Science II plan to continue to advocate for voter rights and initiatives through letters to legislators and hope to help nearby schools’ MAHSD chapters.
 

 7/9 EXECUTIVE BOARD CALL MINUTES 
 

The 2018-2019 MAHSD Executive Board will release minutes for each recent Executive Board call. Minutes include member attendance,  topics discussed, and everything that the board has been working on. Click here to view the minutes for 07/09/2018 MAHSD Executive Board call.







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July 2, 2018